Mille Lacs Health System is greeting a new member of their family of care, Beth Twite, PA.
Twite came to the Mille Lacs area when she was still in junior high. Her family wanted to be closer to a grandfather, who had suffered a massive stroke. Twite says she remembers watching his medical team ̶ from ER staff to PT/OT – and how integral they were in helping him maintain a good quality of life for many years. “I knew then that I wanted to be that person for families; to listen, to help, and to support them in their healthcare and in their lives,” she said.
Twite finished her schooling at Onamia High School in 1998, continuing her education at St. Catherine’s University in the Twin Cities to become a Physician Assistant.
She approached MLHS when she needed a strong family medicine rotation. “I knew the reputation of the medical staff here, and knew that it would offer me a solid rotation experience with a vast base of wonderful teachers,” Twite said. “Not only did I receive a priceless education, but I found myself feeling like part of the healthcare team. I quickly felt at home and felt a void when I left to move on to other rotations. It was an easy decision to return.”
The new PA says she has strong family values, and compassion for others. She is interested in geriatrics, as well as helping to empower young women, especially as it relates to body image, self-esteem, and developing confidence to become independent leaders.
Twite’s philosophy of medicine is to offer wholistic medical care to patients, while encouraging them through education to be an active participant in their care in an effort to motivate them to make healthy decisions. “We, as practitioners,” she said, “can make decisions for patients all day long, but if they are unable to execute them due to personal barriers, we can’t make a difference. I want to make sure I help with those barriers.”
“My parents and grandparents are still in the area, and with a strong sense of family and my connection to the community, Mille Lacs feels like home to me,” Twite said. “I am honored to be able to develop relationships with the patients in the Mille Lacs region.”
Mille Lacs Health System is proud to welcome back to the area one of its own “home grown” practitioners. Twite will begin seeing patients March 1.